Hailed as the greatest Chinese film ever made, Fei Mu’s 1948 melodrama Spring In A Small Town arrives on DVD for the first time in the UK, courtesy of the BFI. A heartbreaking tale of loyalty, yearning and resilience in the wake of the Second World War, Fei’s film was buried by the Communist Party and has only reemerged in recent years, where it is garnering deserved comparisons with the work of filmmakers like Yasujiro Ozu and Wong Kar Wai.
Excellent example of early-70s counter culture cool. Essentially one long chase movie, but as Kowalski’s backstory is slowly pieced together we learn how he is a disenchanted Vietnam vet who has lost faith in his country, and is pushed to the limit until there’s only one way out. Great cinematography and soundtrack accompany some thrilling driving sequences.
I had put off watching Sergio Leone’s final western for many many years, believing it to be a lesser film in the director’s canon, but in fact it’s an incredibly dense and weighty affair, buoyed up by a pair of delightfully larger-than-life performances. Both Rod Steiger and James Coburn impress, not only with their Mexican and Irish accents, but in the versatility of their characters and the nuanced interplay of two reluctant partners propelled forward by their camaraderie and passion for rebellion. Beautifully shot, with an eccentric yet intoxicating Morricone score, this is definitely a film I will enjoy revisiting in the future.
One of those great Hollywood thrillers that you can throw on any time and get lost in. Harrison Ford stars as respected doctor Richard Kimble, wrongly convicted of murdering his wife, who escapes en route to jail, and sets off to track down the real killer. Tommy Lee Jones won an Oscar and launched his late career as US Marshall Sam Gerard, the man tasked with tracking this fugitive down, and under Andrew Davis’ assured direction, it is not only the director’s best film to-date by quite some margin, but also perhaps the last great performance from Ford.